Features in the latest issue of Victim Support Magazine (November 2000)

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BEHIND THE CRIME STATISTICS
THE SEARCH FOR A SAFE HAVEN
NEW ADVICE ON AREA PLANS
HELPING ADULT SURVIVORS OF CHILD ABUSE

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BEHIND THE CRIME STATISTICS

The latest report from a nationwide survey of victims of crime has highlighted the success of Victim Support in providing an increasing range of services, and of ensuring equal access to those services for all victims.

The report - Public perceptions and victims' experiences of Victim Support – is the latest in a series of reports based on the findings of the 1998 British Crime Survey.

The survey covers almost 15,000 households in Britain; it identifies what percentage of those households have experienced a crime, concentrating on crimes against the household (eg burglary and vandalism) and against the person (eg assaults and threats). KEITH POTTER looks at the statistics and stories behind them.

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THE SEARCH FOR A SAFE HAVEN

According to the UNHCR during 1999 there were 71,200 applications for asylum in the UK.

The Government’s policy of dispersal has moved many asylum seekers away from London and the South East into areas where there is ready accommodation; often, these areas also suffer from high crime rates.

Often unable to speak English and with little or no knowledge of customs or culture, asylum seekers – many of whom have witnessed or been victims of horrific crime in their own countries – are becoming victims of crime in Britain.

KEITH POTTER talks to staff at two Schemes where the increasing contact with refugees highlights the communication barrier, and discovers a third Scheme preparing to launch a new initiative aimed at enabling asylum seekers to discuss both their present and previous experiences.

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NEW ADVICE ON AREA PLANS

A new Area plan guidance document was published by NAVSS (the National Association of Victims Support Schemes) in October, as Schemes prepare to decide how they wish to be structured, and funded, in the long term.

Already 12 Victim Support Areas have successfully completed the change to Area management structure, with a further 12 planning areas expected to apply for Area membership by the end of March 2001.

The move to Area planning has been largely prompted by the need to ensure victims and witnesses receive consistent minimum levels of service regardless of where they live, and that limited funding is used to the best advantage in achieving that aim.

KEITH POTTER looks at the new advice, and talks to two Schemes already well down the road to Area membership.

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HELPING ADULT SURVIVORS OF CHILD ABUSE

Alison Hustwitt, Co-ordinator of VS Stroud Area, and Immy Lee, VS Forest of Dean Co-ordinator, outline a new specialist training programme to help staff and volunteers work with adult survivors of child abuse.

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